The family is in for a treat with Spicy Skillet Chicken. Serve with rice, mixed greens and biscuits. Make peach shortcake for dessert. Top angel food cake with sliced fresh peaches and light whipped cream.


Think ahead: Save 2 chicken breasts and any leftover bean-tomato mixture and enough cake for Monday.

Shopping list: chili powder, coarse salt, pepper, boneless skinless chicken breasts, bacon, reduced-sodium black beans, canned no-salt-added whole kernel corn, canned no-salt-added diced tomatoes with green chilies or chunky-style salsa, avocado, cilantro, rice, mixed greens, biscuits, angel food cake, fresh peaches, light whipped cream.



Chop two leftover chicken breasts and add leftover tomato mixture; stir into marinara sauce and serve with spaghetti. Now you have a simple meal of spaghetti marinara with some extra protein. Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Add salad greens and garlic bread.

For dessert, make a chocolate parfait. In a tall glass, layer leftover cubed angel food cake with instant chocolate pudding made with 1 percent milk. Top with chopped peanuts.

Shopping list: marinara sauce, spaghetti, Parmesan cheese, salad greens, garlic bread, instant chocolate pudding, 1 percent milk, peanuts.



Use all those abundant plum tomatoes in a Tomato Pesto Tart for a mouthwatering meal. Serve with a lettuce wedge with hard-cooked egg slices on the side. Add whole-grain bread. Serve nectarines for dessert.

Shopping list: refrigerated pie crusts, shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, plum tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, low-fat mayonnaise, basil pesto, pepper, fresh basil, lettuce, eggs, whole-grain bread, nectarines.



Summer and kids go together like grilled ham and cheese sandwiches. Serve with deli vegetable soup and celery sticks. Top vanilla yogurt with fresh blueberries for dessert.

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Shopping list: any bread, ham and cheese (for grilled sandwiches), deli vegetable soup, celery, vanilla yogurt, fresh blueberries.



You won’t need to heat the oven tonight for this easy No-Bake Tuna Noodle Casserole. Cook 8 ounces wagon wheel or medium shell macaroni according to directions. Drain and return to pan. To the pasta, add ¼ cup 1 percent milk and 1 6½-ounce container refrigerated light semisoft cheese with garlic and herbs. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until cheese is melted and pasta is coated. Add additional milk as needed to achieve a creamy consistency. Gently fold in 1 12-ounce can water-packed, drained albacore tuna, broken into chunks; heat through and serve immediately.

Serve with tiny green peas (frozen), a spinach salad and whole-grain bread. Slice cantaloupe for dessert.

Shopping list: wagon wheel or medium shell macaroni, 1 percent milk, refrigerated light semisoft cheese with garlic and herbs, water-packed albacore tuna, frozen tiny green peas, spinach, whole-grain bread, cantaloupe.



This Pesto Focaccia Sandwich will be ready to eat in no time. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Using a serrated knife, cut 1 large focaccia or ciabatta loaf in half horizontally. Spread 1 3.5-ounce jar prepared pesto evenly over cut sides. Layer ½ pound thinly sliced deli ham, ½ pound thinly sliced deli turkey breast and 6 light provolone cheese slices over bottom half. Top with remaining bread half. Wrap in foil; bake 10 minutes. Cut into 6 or 8 wedges.

Serve with oven fries (frozen) and a packaged Caesar salad. Serve fresh cherries for dessert.

Shopping list: focaccia or ciabatta loaf, prepared pesto, deli ham, deli turkey breast, light provolone cheese slices, frozen oven fries, packaged Caesar salad, fresh cherries.



Invite friends for simple but delicious Warm Steak and Potato Salad. Start the meal with your own gazpacho and add crusty bread on the side. For dessert, buy a Key lime pie.

Shopping list: red potatoes, bacon, red onion, boneless sirloin steak, coarse salt, honey, cider vinegar, cornstarch, packaged baby spinach, grape tomatoes, ingredients for your gazpacho, crusty bread, Key lime pie.